The New York City Police Department has said it is gathering evidence against Harvey Weinstein after actress Paz de la Huerta’s accused him of rape. From Fox News:

The NYPD said they corroborated portions of actress Paz de la Huerta’s account, in which she alleges Weinstein raped her twice in her apartment, and are seeking more evidence in their investigation to obtain an arrest warrant.

NYPD’s chief of detectives Robert K. Boyce insisted “that his investigators would seek to arrest” Weinstein right away if he was in the city. But since he is not, the department will keep gathering evidence against him:

“We have an actual case going forward,” Chief Boyce said. “If this person was still in New York and it was recent we would go right away and make the arrest, no doubt. But we’re talking about a seven-year-old case. And we have to move forward gathering evidence.”

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office assigned a sex crimes prosecutor to the case. From CNN:

In an interview with CNN, de la Huerta, 33, said she called the NYPD rape hotline last week to report the alleged assaults. De la Huerta and her attorney have since been working with detectives from the NYPD’s special victim’s unit and the district attorney’s office, she said.

In October 2010, twelve years after first meeting Weinstein on the set of the film “Cider House Rules,” de la Huerta said she ran into the producer at a club in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, where both she and Weinstein lived.

She accepted a ride home from Weinstein and when they arrived at her apartment, de la Huerta said he insisted on joining her for a drink.

That’s when the first alleged assault occurred.

“He pulled my dress up and unzipped his pants and raped me,” de la Huerta said.

In an interview with CNN, de la Huerta recalled being in a state of shock, traumatized and in disbelief following the alleged rape.
“He finished what he did, and he told me he’d be calling me,” she said.

Then he appeared in her apartment lobby two months later:

“The first time I was in complete shock and it happened so quickly. The second time, I was terrified of him,” she said. “In a million ways I knew how to say no, I said ‘no’.”

Last month, The New York Times published an article that exposed Hollywood’s biggest open secret: movie mogul and big-time Democrat donor Harvey Weinstein is a scumbag who has allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted numerous women over the decades.

After that article more and more women came forward about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. His company kicked him off the board and fired him while the Academy kicked him out.